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Unionized delivery workers at CJ Logistics to go on strike next week

All News 16:34 December 23, 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) -- Unionized delivery workers of South Korea's leading logistics firm CJ Logistics Corp. said Thursday they will launch a general strike next week, calling for better working conditions and steps to prevent overwork.

Of 20,000 delivery workers at the logistics arm of the country's conglomerate CJ Group, some 1,700 couriers who have the right to strike are expected to launch an indefinite walkout Tuesday.

The walkout plan was approved by 93.6 percent of the vote by 2,290 unionized members earlier in the day.

The union claims the company pocketed most of the profits from hikes in delivery charges even as that money should have been spent to prevent couriers' overwork under a January deal between the government and logistics firms.

The deal called for logistics firms to hire extra workers to sort parcels and take other steps to prevent overwork.

The agreement came after 16 delivery workers died last year apparently due to overwork.

A delivery truck of the country's leading logistics firm CJ Logistics Corp. is parked at the company's branch in Seoul on Dec. 23, 2021. (Yonhap)

The union claims CJ Logistics raised the shipping charge by 170 won (US$0.14) in April, but only 51.6 won of the hike was used to improve working conditions for delivery workers.

CJ Logistics, meanwhile, expressed regret over the strike plan. The company said some 50 percent of the hiked charges have been allocated for delivery workers' commission fee. It claimed the shipping charge rose by a smaller margin of 140 won.

CJ Logistics holds a strong lead with nearly 50 percent of market share, followed by Lotte Global Logistics, Hanjin and Korea Post, the national postal service.


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